This week marks the beginning of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, to encourage survivors to talk about abuse and that #ItsNotOk
We caught up with our Student Advice and Wellbeing team’s, AJ Jasim, to find out what’s going on at the university during the week and where to go for support if you need it.
What’s going on at the university?
We’ve got a ‘Meet the SVLA’ (Sexual Violence Liaison Team) session on Wednesday 8 February, 4-6pm in Student Life Building, Room 3.03. This is a staff only event to meet the team and learn more about the support that staff can direct students to if they’ve been a survivor of, or affected by sexual abuse/misconduct. Staff can register to attend Meet the SVLA here.
There will also be a Sexual Health and Awareness Fair Wednesday 15 Feb, 4-6pm SLB UGZ18 Breakout space where a range of services from RASA to Axess will be available to chat about sexual health and violence services around the city, with mocktails from the Brink Dry Bar. Students don’t need to book either, they can just turn up.
Where should students go for support if they need it?
We have a Sexual Violence Liaison team, based in the Student Life Building for all our students. It’s a consent-based service where we won’t say or do anything you don’t want us to. Also, there is a report and support tool on the LJMU website as well as other advice and resources.
For anyone that’s worried about their sexual health, Liverpool has a wealth of walk-in sexual health and STI clinics too, with GP advice, help and support. We recommend that you make sure you are signed up with your local GP as well.
What about support for staff to help students?
Staff can come along to the Meet the SVLA event this Wednesday 8 February, to find out about the support available for students.
Or if you have any further questions contact SVLA@ljmu.ac.uk